General Gormand sets out in good heart and with suitable attire
Update: Ladies and Gentlemen, the correct link to donate is here. My apologies for not seeing to it earlier, rest assurred I will not allow thes blog to descund to the leval of The Grauniad.
For those of you who are unaware, last year Mrs Kinch's cousin, my friend and his wife, lost a child. Her name was Kathryn Casey and she died on the 27th of May last year. She was extremely well cared for at Temple Street Children's Hospital and was permanently attached to a Patient Monitor. This device costs €20,000. In order to raise money for this device, General Gourmand and I will be walking to the Boyne Battle site on the 12th of July. This is a distance of some 30 miles and we will be play a scenario based on the Battle of the Boyne at the end of it.
Neither of us are small men nor have we done such a distance before, so a certain amount of training is required. At present we have approximately €3,500 raised in pledges, mostly through the good offices of the Irish Games Association and Gaelcon.
Should you wish to wish to assist us, you may make a donation here.
This was our first relatively long distance training walk and we covered about 20 miles.
General Gorman crossing the Liffey
(apologies to William Gotlieb Leutze)
We forged ahead, allowing absolutely no distractions...
We considered this a good omen - there followed a long, but fruitful conversation about how we'd use Command & Colours: Napoleonics to refight the Alma.
The spires of Kingtown are in sight
It's important to get your fluids.
And thus fortified, General Gorman began his retreat from Kingstown.
Sadly, the weather did not hold
Much like Marshall Ney, General Gormand was the last over the Liffey
And home again, home jiggedy jig.
This was a useful exercise and one that pushed me rather harder than I expected, as I am flat footed (dirisive laughter from the company, confusion reigns, order, order!). Proper footwear is key.
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